It is showtime for more than 100 town youngsters as they take to the stage in their annual pantomime.
Seaton Carew Academy of Dance is performing Aladdin at Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre this week.
It is their 35th pantomime and features lots of song and dance routines and plenty of traditional panto slapstick humour.
The curtain went up on Monday night and audiences can catch the show at the Raby Road theatre every night up until Saturday, January 23. Denise Tyzack, principal of the academy, said: “The pantomime is always very well supported. We usually get good houses.
“A couple of the dads have really gone to town with the sets and props this year so hopefully it makes it a bit more special for our 35th year.”
The leading parts are played by adults who are ably supported by a large cast of academy youngsters aged from three up to 18.
A couple of the dads have really gone to town with the sets and props this year so hopefully it makes it a bit more special for our 35th yearDenise Tyzack, academy principal
“There are lots of song and dace numbers and we still follow the traditional panto slapstick and cries of ‘it’s behind you’,” added Denise.
Each show begins at 6.45pm and there is an extra 2pm matinee performance on Saturday only.
Tickets are £10 for adults and £9 for concessions. They are available on the theatre door or in advance from the box office on (01429) 890000.